April 10, 2015 – Azusa Ueno – Charles Griffes: The Quest for Identity

This lecture-recital will explore the musical, historical, and psychological look into one of America’s pioneer composers of the early 20th century. Charles Tomlinson Griffes (b. Elmira, NY 1884-d. New York, NY 1920), lived and worked in an era of dynamic transition. The development of artistic movements around him combined with his own multifaceted musical upbringing resulted in his dramatic compositional trajectory and creative quest for a musical identity. Through masterpieces such as the White Peacock, Sonata, and Three Preludes, Griffes found a unique musical voice that is both captivating and intriguing. Despite his short life, he was instrumental in helping set the stage for the fascinating development of the American classical music scene during the remainder of the 20th century.

Azusa Ueno is known for combining artistry and creativity in her performances. Ms. Ueno is a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with the late Zenon Fishbein. Azusa has won numerous awards including top prizes in the Miecyslaw Munz Competition, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition. She was also the recipient of the Jepheson Educational Trust and Doctoral Teaching Fellowships at the Manhattan School of Music.

Steinway Piano Gallery, 501 Post Road East, Westport
9:45 Coffee
10:00 Lecture
Free to Schubert Club Members